Tea with the Ladies

It is true that I have attempted to keep a low profile during this pregnancy. I think I have posted far more on this blog than I actually have discussed with people in real life. So, when my friend Erin asked me if she could throw me a baby shower, my inclination was to say no, because I didn’t want to be the center of attention for anything and also, I didn’t want to plan anything in case something else went wrong.  Finally, we settled on having a small gathering of friends at the Carolina Inn for afternoon tea.  I wanted it to be more of a get-together celebration rather than a shower. Two years ago, when David and I were last in New Orleans I bought this hat (which was the most I had spent on a hat at that point in time), with the justification that I was going to wear it at some celebration when I actually was expecting a baby at some point in time. So, I finally got to wear the hat at its intended purpose, so that felt good. It also just felt good to celebrate with a few close friends, people that had been there for me throughout the past several years through all of the hopes and disappointments. I wasn’t kidding when I said I have been keeping things low profile. Some of these friends only found out that I was pregnant when they received the invitations.

Phoebe joined the ladies for tea, and particularly appreciated the sugar scones.

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Here are a few other pictures of the attendees. I believe a good time was had by all, because we didn’t play any of those ridiculous baby shower games.

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Erin went above and beyond and also ordered some beautiful white and green flower arrangements that happened to be perfectly reminiscent of our wedding flowers.

Also, here is a terrible picture of me with the attendees. I post it here, because it was the only one we took, and looking terrible and pregnant is part of my everyday reality.

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Here I am with Erin afterwards. I look at this picture and I don’t think I look particularly pregnant, just really overweight. Oh well. That wasn’t the point of the day. The point of the day was just to celebrate and have fun with people I care about. Erin was so fantastic to handle all of the arrangements and to drive down from DC. Seriously, I feel incredibly lucky in the friendships that I have.

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It was fun to have a nice, girly tea party, because I know that my days of tea parties are probably going to be few and far between with the boys. Already, I had to drag David along to tea when we would go places in the past, like to the Ritz in London. I don’t think I will be able to manage that with twin boys too.

Nonetheless, it was fun celebrating them this way all the same.

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